Redundant Assembly

In "Redundant Assembly" an arrangement of several cameras composes a live-portrait of the visitor from six perspectives simultaneously, aligned using face detection. The resulting image is uncanny, detached from the laws of symmetry and the depth perception of binocular vision. If several visitors are standing in front of the work, a composite portrait of their different facial features develops in real-time, creating a mongrel "selfie.”

A version of the work for public space includes a time-component that allows the face blending to take place mixing present and the past. Face recognition is a technique often used by police, military, and corporate entities to search for and find suspicious or target people. Here, the same technology is used to confuse portraits and emphasize the artificiality and arbitrariness of identification.

General info

Spanish name:
Ensamblaje Redundante
Year of creation:
computer, HD digital cameras, thunderbolt hub, code written in OpenFrameworks
800W on 110-220V
Room conditions:
the piece works with natural or artificial light, but the public needs to be well illuminated. The piece does not generate sound
Display is 75 x 65 x 15 cm, accompanying Mac Pro computer is 17 x 17 x 25 cm
6 Editions, 1 AP
21C Museum and private collector



  • Programming: Stephan Schulz
  • Hardware: Stephan Schulz
  • Production Assistance: Pierre Fournier, Andreas Schmelas